While driving down the back roads of Mississippi on my way home to Alabama from Tennessee (there was lots of travel time during Christmas for me), I started thinking about what 2015 was going to be like. I started wondering what the new year would bring, where I would go, and what I would experience. I thought about where the Lord was going to lead me and what all He was going to show me in the new year.
Then, I started thinking about making some new years resolutions. Which, I've made in the past, and have quickly forgotten about. I love making goals, short and long term. Yet, when it comes to resolutions, something always gets in the way. When I really started blogging again a little over a year ago, I discovered the trend of choosing one word. Instead of setting resolutions, or in addition to, you choose a word to focus on and build your year around. This definitely appeals to me more. Last year, the word that I chose was "wait."
I bounced around a couple different words until I finally landed on wait. And 2014 was definitely a year of waiting for me. There were times I was able to wait patiently and many more times where I was restless, frustrated, and angry. I waited to feel at home again in my parent's house. I waited to find a place in my old church. I waited to find a full-time job. And after what seemed like a lifetime, the Lord began revealing himself and began answering prayers. It may have seemed like a lifetime, but it was only a little over a year. Which, as I'm getting older, I realize is not as long as it seems.
In 2014, in a year of waiting (and much dreaming, wishing, and praying), the Lord allowed me to feel welcomed back into my old church family and serve the children there, he hilariously gave me the opportunity to become a barista and enhance my love for coffee (as if that was possible), then, the dream of dreams at that time was answered. He provided me with a full-time job in a new city! Then, made available the most perfect apartment for me and a dear friend!
2014 ended with answered prayers and new prayers being formed.
So, going back to those back roads of Mississippi. I was traveling with my parents and we were about an hour from home. Tired, restless, and desperately needing to go to the bathroom, a word popped into my mind. Then, I heard it repeated again and pulled out my phone to make some notes. Within a couple of minutes, I had a whole outline, for the whole year, written out. It came so fast and so easily, I can only believe it came from the Lord himself.
2015 is going to be the year of "better!"
I'm going to aim to live better -- physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
I'm going to aim to do better -- in my home and locally, nationally, and internationally.
I'm going to aim to be better -- for me, for my family and future family, and most importantly for God and his glory.
The first couple of months of 2015 are going to be focused on me. Seems a little selfish, yes, but until I allow the Lord to refresh me and until I focus myself on him and his will, I won't be truly effective for what he has planned. And I can already see how he has laid out certain aspects of this "better" plan in a specific way...
Before the clock even switched over to 2015, I had an excitement and anticipation for the new year like I have never had before. I truly believe great things are in store this year, because my heart is finally, truly open for the Lord to do something great. My first thought in the new year wasn't, "what am I going to do this year?" It was, "what is the Lord going to do this year?"
I'm excited to see what all the Lord is going to reveal in this year of "better!"
Better -- verb
What does your 2015 look like?
Do you have any resolutions or a word you are focusing on this year?
Where do you see the Lord leading you?
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